Today is Samuel Barber's birthday (1910 - 1981). Who is Samuel Barber, you may ask? Well, he's the guy who wrote this:
String Quartet №1 in B Minor, op.11 (2nd and 3rd movements)
And then later adapted it to this:
I doubt there are many people out there who haven't heard this somewhere (including in the movie, Platoon).
And, for those two of you who haven't already clicked away to another blog, here's a choral arrangement:
To me, this is one of the most beautiful and haunting pieces ever written, and will always make me think of a certain theatre production I was once in (thanks, Petulant -- and, Icaia, of course).